When Gadiva Hubbard arrived on the University of Minnesota campus in the fall of 2016, she saw potential with the Gophers women’s basketball team she had joined. She was part of a good freshman class, and Carlie Wagner and Kenisha Bell were established leaders. It would just take some time.
One year later, in Hubbard’s sophomore season, the Gophers went 24-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.
This fall, Hubbard can see the potential again.
To Whalen, Hubbard has already proven to be a good teammate.
“We’ve gotten really close,” Whalen said. “Both on and off the court. We’ve been through so much together. She stuck with us.”
This year’s team, Hubbard said, already feels closer than last year’s did.
“We trust each other a lot more,” she said. “We’re getting there.”